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City moving to energy efficient, cost efficient streetlights

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Jennifer Madison is a woman on the go.

She thinks the streetlights help crack down on crime when she's out and about.

"Bad things could happen," Madison said.

But on a November night, four in her city neighborhood that had gone dark.

But that problem may soon be fixed, according to Saginaw’s public services director, Phil Karwat.

"We're bonding for some money we're going to borrow some money to do this project. The project's going to be about 1.9 million dollars, we're hoping to start it at the end of November," Karwat said.

He said the city is preparing to undergo a massive overhaul of the light system: switching to a more efficient LED bulb, meaning they won't burn out so quickly and they'll save money, too.

"We should be going from $650,000 in electric bill a year, to just around a 400,000 per year savings, so it only makes sense to do it," Karwat said.

Karwat also believes a well-lit city is the key to fighting crime.

"I personally feel that lighting in areas deters people from doing what they shouldn't be doing," Karwat said.

Madison said she's glad the city's plan might shine just a few more lights on the neighborhoods in Saginaw.

"It could be a potential issue. Like safety. Safety in the streets here," Madison said.

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